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Dwarf Palmetto, Dwarf Palm, Blue Palm, Blue Stem, Swamp Palm
Sabal minor

Arecaceae

Dwarf palmetto favors the wet alluvial soil in swamps and river bottoms in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Carolina. This very slow growing, ground-hugging rugged palm produces pale green or bluish fan-like leaves atop spineless stems arising from a crown of underground roots. Although this plant grows natively in areas of high to moderate moisture, once established in a garden setting it is fairly drought tolerant. Its BB-sized fruits are edible and taste like dates. The foliage is ocasionally browsed by cattle.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: partial sun
shade

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: black drupe

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Width: 4 to 5 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: high
medium

Soil Requirements: neutral
alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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